Dr. Inhyuck "Steve" Ha (Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) is a Professor of Economics at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He has been the director of the MBA program in the College of Business. His areas of interest are economics of discrimination, spatial econometrics, community economic development and economic impact analysis. He has extensive experience conducting statistical analysis and understanding the complexities of real-world data. His current research projects include studying the effects of affirmative action policy in public procurement and contracting, and labor market discrimination. He has over 20 years of experience in working on the issues of racial discrimination and numerous DBE goal-setting and disparity studies. Prior to his current position, Dr. Ha worked in the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at University of Minnesota, and in the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development at University of West Florida as Forecasting Program Director.
He has been teaching Microeconomics (Econ 231), Macroeconomics (Econ 232), Business Forecasting (Econ 300), Monetary and International Economics (Econ 303), Regional Economic Analysis (Econ 307), and Natural Resource Economics (Econ 310), and two courses - Applied Business Economics and Applied Business Statistics in the MBA program.
His concentrations are on regional economics, community economic development, economics of discrimination, economic impact analysis, tourism economics, and econometric modeling.